April 15, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State baseball team fell to Nebraska in both games of a doubleheader, 5-4 and 17-9, Sunday afternoon at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium. The Buckeyes, who snapped a seven-game win streak, drop to 21-14 overall, 6-6 in the Big Ten, while Nebraska improves to 25-13, 7-5 in conference play.
Kale Kiser gave the Cornhuskers the lead in the top of the second when he took Ohio State starter Brian King deep to left-center for a two-out, two-run home run for a 2-0 Nebraska advantage.
The Buckeyes answered right back to take the lead in the bottom of the frame. Ohio State loaded the bases with one out when Kirby Pellant plated Patrick Porter with a sacrifice fly to left for the Buckeyes’ first run. Tim Wetzel followed with a two-out, two-run double down the left field line to score Joe Ciamacco and Aaron Gretz and give Ohio State the 3-2 lead.
Ohio State added another in the bottom of the third when Ryan Cypret walked to lead off the inning and came around to score on a throwing error when Nebraska shortstop Chad Christensen tried to double up Porter but his throw got away from Richard Stock at first base.
Nebraska threatened again in the top of the fourth when a single, a hit batter and walk loaded the bases with two down for leadoff hitter Michael Pritchard but King induced a fly ball to end the Cornhusker rally and preserve the 4-2 Buckeye lead.
However, the Cornhuskers tied it in the top of the fifth when King hit Rich Sanguinetti to lead off the inning and Kash Kalkowski went deep to right for a two-run shot.
Ohio State put runners at the corners in the bottom of the frame after a walk to Cypret and a single by Josh Dezse but Kiser made a great diving grab on a looping liner by Porter to keep the game tied.
The Cornhuskers then took the 5-4 lead when Josh Scheffert, who proved to be a thorn in the Buckeyes’ side all series, led off the top of the eighth with a solo shot to left off reliever Brett McKinney.
The Buckeyes rallied to put runners at the corners with two down after singles by Ciamacco and Gretz in the bottom eighth but Pellant grounded out to first as Nebraska reliever Dylan Vogt preserved the one-run lead.
Wetzel singled to lead off the ninth but was stranded at first as Travis Huber picked up the save for the Cornhuskers.
Wetzel and Gretz each had two hits to lead the Buckeyes in Game 1.
Nebraska took the lead in the second game when Stock doubled to lead off the second Scheffert followed with an RBI single to center for the Cornhusker advantage but Ohio State answered right back when David Corna took Zach Hirsch deep to center for a solo shot with one down in the bottom of the frame to knot the game after two innings.
The Buckeyes then took the lead in the bottom of the third when Brad Hallberg walked with one down, advanced to third on a double to right-center by Dezse and came around to score on an RBI groundout by Corna to make it 2-1 Ohio State.
The Cornhuskers then used four singles, three Ohio State errors and a pair of hit batters by Ohio State starter John Kuchno for a seven-run fourth inning to take an 8-2 lead.
Nebraska tallied five more in the top of the fifth on a single, a double, three walks and a hit batter before pushing the lead to 14-2 with one in the top of the sixth.
The Buckeyes plated two in the bottom of the sixth when Cypret singled to lead off the inning and came around to score on a two-out double to right-center by Corna and Porter followed with an RBI single to make it 14-4 Nebraska.
Nebraska added three more to push the lead to 17-4 on a three-run home run to left by Scheffert.
Ohio State plated five in the ninth on RBI singles by Ryan Leffel and Ciamacco and a three-run blast by Hallberg but the Cornhuskers would come away with the doubleheader sweep.
Dezse had three for the hits for the Buckeyes in Game 2 while Corna, Porter, Brad Hutton, Solomon and Leffel each had two hits apiece.
The Buckeyes host Xavier and Cincinnati in a pair of midweek matchups before taking on Illinois in a three-game set next weekend in Champaign.
- The Buckeyes set a season high with 18 hits in Game 2.
- Josh Dezse produced his 26th multi-hit game of his career and his fourth three-hit game of the season. He also led all Buckeyes with seven hits in the series.
- Dezse has reached base safely in 34 of 35 contests this season.
- With a strong wind blowing out of the park, the teams combined for six home runs in the doubleheader Sunday.
- Ohio State is 56 of 69 in stolen bases after going 35 of 57 all last season.
- Six Ohio State batters had two or more hits in Game 2.
- Tim Wetzel recorded his second multiple-RBI game of the season in Game 1.
- Brad Hallberg tied a career-high with three RBI after a three-run homerun in Game 2.
- David Corna notched his fifth multiple-RBI game of the season with a trio in Game 2.